Job: Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library

03 Aug 2015 11:00 AM | Anonymous

The New York Public Library
Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division

The Dance Curator reports to the Director of the Library for the Performing Arts and is a member of the Director’s senior management team. The Curator has primary responsibility for administration of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, the world's largest and most comprehensive archive of dance. The Dance Curator also supervises the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image and its AMI collections. Responsibilities include promoting and facilitating use of the collection, initiating outreach to the dance and dance research communities, and recommending collections for acquisition. The Curator is tasked with both building a collection and community that will see the division into the future and preserving the legacy of the division’s past.   

The Curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division holds one of the most respected leadership positions in the global dance research community. S/he nurtures current relationships and develops new collaborations with the world’s most celebrated dance figures and organizations.  As leader of the world's most comprehensive dance collection that is free and accessible to all users, the curator ensures that the collection not only continues to flourish, but is an accessible worldwide resource. This is achieved through expert curation, and working in tandem with a number of NYPL departments. The Curator is a dance expert who will cultivate the subject expertise of the Dance Division staff, and will develop initiatives that will maximize the use of the collection and increase community engagement.

Under the direction of the Director of the Library for the Performing Arts, the Curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division will perform the following functions:

  • Develops a clear strategic plan that will shape acquisitions and engage and inform the national and international dance community while providing leadership, vision, direction, advocacy, and accountability for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image.
  • Responsible for all areas of the Dance Division’s acquisitions and collecting scope, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ethnic, traditional, and Baroque dancing in various formats from paper manuscripts to digital video, from photographs to rare books.
  • Exposes in-depth knowledge about the Dance Division’s collections in a variety of formats including collection guides, blog posts, curated digital collections, and online exhibitions, which can be accessed by worldwide users.
  • Partners with NYPL’s educational outreach and other external institutions on educational initiatives, which may include developing and leading public curatorial and gallery talks, meeting with classes, or developing strategies for digital literacy.
  • Collaborates with NYPL’s departments on matters relating to preservation, access, cataloging, digitization, policy and stewardship of the collection, in its multiplicity of formats including AMI.
  • Engages with donors, creators, scholars, students, and general users in aligning the Jerome Robbins Dance Division’s mission with the current and future needs of the local, national and international dance community.
  • Participates in public programming, exhibitions, and events pertaining to dance.
  • Provides leadership and direction for the Dance Division’s Outreach, Advisory, and Fundraising Groups.
    • Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division
    • Friends of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division
    • African Dance Advisory Group


  • Graduate degree in an arts discipline with focus on dance preferred
  • Substantial knowledge of the performing arts, particularly dance
  • Knowledge of current practices and emerging trends in humanities scholarship and publishing
  • Knowledge of preservation issues, both digital and traditional, and current trends facing large research libraries
  • Demonstrated understanding of archives and archival description/metadata
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with donors, peer institutions, the dance industry and dance community
  • Demonstrated active participation within the dance community on the development of collaborative projects
  • Successfully demonstrated experience with the development, management, and completion of digital projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development through record of scholarly publications, presentations, and participation in professional associations
  • Excellent leadership and management skills and the ability to motivate, develop, and inspire people
  • Experience in forming strategic partnerships, building communities, and initiating and organizing events and collaborative projects
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to work effectively with the public, with advanced scholars and independent researchers, and with a variety of NYPL staff, including curators and subject specialists, reference librarians, NYPL Labs, the web team, Marketing and Communications, Development, and Education.
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to prepare budgets

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